Jharkhand, spread tantalizingly over Chhota Nagpur Plateau and Santhal Pargana is a land gifted with natural gifts. It came into existence on 15th November 2000, as the 28th State of the Indian Union. This homeland of tribals is full of spectacular landscapes, royal mountains, luxuriant valleys, serpentine rivers, wonderful waterfalls, lush green forests and exotic wildlife. It seems as if mother nature has magnanimously bestowed much of its charm to the state and presents her best form – pure, pristine, picturesque and phenomenal.
The mineral rich Chhota Nagpur plateau accounts for over 41% of the country’s total mineral production. Mother Nature has generously bestowed much of its charm on Jharkhand. A cornucopia of hills stand proudly 300-900 meters above sea-level, guarding the landscape like ‘Watch Towers’ and luring the nature lovers and adventure sports enthusiasts. The area is almost covered with thick forest cover, showing bare patches of black rocks beneath, presents a picture –post card view. The jungles are rich in wildlife and have a number of wildlife sanctuaries and tiger reserves. Numerous rivers of the State are perfect harnessing power and the rich forest resources are sure to make Jharkhand the new epicenter of the Indian Industry. The retreat of peace and beauty has all the ingredients for a perfect off beat holiday.
Main languages: Hindi, English, Bhojpuri, Urdu, Bengali
When to go: October to March
Getting There & Away: How to reach Jharkhand
Road: NH-2 is an important National Highway connecting Jharkhand with Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. NH-6 passes through Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal. NH-139 links Bihar and Jharkhand. NH-43 runs from Madhya Pradesh (Katni) to Jharkhand (Chandil). NH-39 connects Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. NH-75, NH-78, NH-80, NH-98, NH-99 and NH-100 are other important National Highways covering the State.
Rail: Jharkhand is having wide-ranging railway network connecting the state with the rest of India. Few significant stations are Barharwa Junction, Bokaro Steel City, Chandil Junction, Dhanbad Junction, Madhupur Junction, Ranchi and Tatanagar.
Air: Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi and Deoghar Airport are two operative International Airports. Beside these, domestic flights are also operated from Dhanbad, Chakulia and Sonari.